Passenger dies, driver sustains life-threatening injuries after vehicle strikes tree during I-264 crash in VB

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Police say one person died and another has life-threatening injuries following a crash on I-264 in Virginia Beach Sunday morning.

Two westbound lanes on I-264 at Independence Boulevard were closed for an extended period of time due to the incident.

State Police say the call for the crash occurred just before 1:30 a.m. when a 2007 Hyundai Sonata was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed. The driver attempted to take the second exit ramp to Independence Boulevard, ran off the road, and overturned.

Police have identified the driver as Leevonte Akeem Mullen, 23, and the passenger as Akili Roosevett McGruder, 25.

McGruder was instantly killed due to the impact of the incident, according to the Virginia State Police. The driver, Leevonte Mullen, received life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

At the time of the crash, both of them were wearing their seatbelts.

Police say alcohol and speed played a role in the crash.

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